Indian Journal of Medical Research

BOOK REVIEW
Year
: 2018  |  Volume : 148  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 764--765

Essentials of dermatology and sexually transmitted diseases: An illustrated synopsis


Arun C Inamadar 
 Department of Dermatology, BLDE (Deemed to be University), Vijayapura (Bijapur) 586 103, Karnataka, India

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Arun C Inamadar
Department of Dermatology, BLDE (Deemed to be University), Vijayapura (Bijapur) 586 103, Karnataka
India




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Inamadar AC. Essentials of dermatology and sexually transmitted diseases: An illustrated synopsis.Indian J Med Res 2018;148:764-765


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Inamadar AC. Essentials of dermatology and sexually transmitted diseases: An illustrated synopsis. Indian J Med Res [serial online] 2018 [cited 2019 Aug 19 ];148:764-765
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Full Text

2nd edition, Ramji Gupta [Universities Press (India) Private Limited, Hyderabad] 2018. 206 pages. Price: ₹ 450.00.

ISBN 978-93-86235-54-1

Dermatology is a fast emerging medical science, and this book is a welcome addition to the dermatology literature. The book has 25 chapters covering all sections of dermatological disorders with bulleted text and informative pictures of the condition, as the skin is a visual speciality. It is a handy book neatly printed with a modest and affordable price.

The organization of the book is systematic as well as progressive, starting with the basics, i.e., structure and functions of skin, then moving on to nutritional deficiencies, bacterial infections, various allergic and autoimmune disorders, etc. There is a chapter each dedicated to tuberculosis, leprosy and viral infections alongside chapters which compartmentally discuss diseases of the sebaceous and sweat glands, nails, etc. Disorders of pigmentation have also been discussed, which may be of particular use to practicing dermatologists, as a handy referral owing to its extensive illustrations. Skin tumours and sexually transmitted diseases are also discussed in detail, a special focus on the clinical spectrum of HIV including different skin lesions is also available in chapter 24. The last chapter, 'Miscellaneous Disorders' is of particular interest as it summarizes the aetiology and clinical features of many common conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, etc., and also some less discussed conditions such as pytiriasis, scars and keloids.

Overall, the book targets undergraduates, primary physicians and it will even be useful to students preparing for competitive examinations. Addition of 'suggested further reading' or important references would have made it a more authentic book. Most of the clinical images used are self-explanatory of the respective clinical conditions. Clarity of images of a few conditions would have made the book more appreciable.

Surely, it should be a useful companion for undergraduate medical students and practitioners to understand and prepare for the better management of dermatology and sexually transmitted disease cases alike.